China reports 51 new coronavirus cases including 40 asymptomatic infections


China has reported 51 new coronavirus cases including 40 asymptomatic infections, majority of them in the contagion's first epicentre Wuhan, health officials said on Monday.


Out of the 40 new asymptomatic cases, 38 were reported in Wuhan, which is currently undergoing mass testing of its over 11.2 million people after a spike in the asymptomatic cases.

The country's National Health Commission (NHC) said that 11 new imported cases were reported on Sunday.

As per the report, 11 imported cases including 10 in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and one in Sichuan province. While no new domestically-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported in China on Sunday.

As of Sunday, a total of 82,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in China with 4,634 fatalities.

According to the official report, currently, 396 people with asymptomatic symptoms are under medical observation in China, including 326 in Wuhan.

Asymptomatic cases refer to the patients who have tested COVID-19 positive but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat. However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.

On May 14, Wuhan had started a campaign to expand the nucleic acid testing in order to better know the number of asymptomatic cases or people, who show no clear symptoms despite carrying the virus.

According to the latest figures released by the Wuhan municipal health commission, the city conducted more than 6 million nucleic acid tests between May 14 and 23.

Nucleic acid testing is a molecular technique for screening blood donations to reduce the risk of transfusion transmitted infections.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic.


With inputs from PTI

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